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Some airports have a better track record than others.

Talia Avakian
October 21, 2016

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and that means one thing: Crowded airports.

RewardExpert has released its Thanksgiving Holiday Air Travel Forecast for the year, highlighting the on-time performance of the 45 busiest airports around the holiday in the U.S.

Even if you already have your flights booked for Thanksgiving, knowing which airports are most and least likely to have flight delays can help with planning and ease the stress of holiday travel.

The forecast used data from the Department of Transportation from 2011 to 2015, rating which airports have had the worst and best overall performance on Thanksgiving and the five days following and leading up to the holiday.

Airports with the worst on-time performance

1. San Francisco International Airport (SFO)—75.4 percent

2. William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)—79.2 percent

3. Oakland International Airport (OAK)—79.3 percent

4. (Tie) Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)—79.6 percent

4. (Tie) Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)—79.6 percent

5. (Tie) Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)—80.1 percent

5. (Tie) John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)—80.1 percent

6. (Tie) Dallas Love Field (MSP)—80.4 percent

6. (Tie) Sacramento International Airport (SMF)—80.4 percent

7. (Tie) San Diego International Airport (SAN)—81.1 percent

7. (Tie) San José International Airport (SJC)—81.1 percent

8. Lambert–St. Louis International Airport (STL)—81.5 percent

9. Denver International Airport (DEN)—81.6 percent

10. Kansas City International Airport (MCI)—81.7 percent

Airports with the best on-time performance

1. Honolulu International Airport (HNL)—91.8 percent

2. Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)—87.5 percent

3. Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)—86.5 percent

4. Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)—86.4 percent

5. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)—85.7 percent

6. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)—85.6 percent

7. Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)—85.4 percent

8. Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)—85.2 percent

9. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)—85 percent

10. Miami International Airport (MIA)—84.8 percent

Delays also vary greatly by day around the holiday. Passengers traveling on Thanksgiving Day experience the fewest delays, according to RewardExpert, while those traveling the Tuesday before experience the most.

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